Community Writers-in-Residence Northern Ireland

Community Writers-in-Residence Northern Ireland

As part of our evolving community engagement programme, the Irish Writers Centre is pleased to announce two community Writer-in-Residence (WIR) initiatives for 2018 in Northern Ireland, funded by Arts Council Northern Ireland Lottery Fund. 

We are seeking to appoint a Community Writer-In-Residence at Women’s Aid NI in Belfast and with The Rainbow Project in Foyle.

Women’s Aid - Belfast
Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.

The Rainbow Project – Foyle
The Rainbow Project is a health organisation that works to improve the physical, mental & emotional health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland.

Key objectives of residencies:

  • To deliver creative writing workshops to participants.
  • To help, encourage and provide support to participants in telling their story.
  • To write a piece of work (or report on) the experience of the residency and/or individual stories arising from the residency.

Writer’s brief 
The WIR is invited to lead a series of workshops, taking inspiration from varied sources; from their knowledge of the group, from participants’ stories, and from their own experience of previous facilitation. The goal is to create a process of engagement with the group in giving voice to their stories through language and words. 

Ideally, WIR applicants will:

  • be sensitive to the issues that may arise in regard to the target group
  • have an ability in drawing out stories from individuals in the group
  • have an awareness of the lives of the cohort group
  • be able to act as a role model and bring vision to the workshops

In advance of the residency, an agreed model of practice (to include evaluation), clear goals, roles and responsibilities will be agreed between the writer, the IWC and the hosting organisation. The structure of the workshops will be decided at this time, and will likely amount to 12 two hour workshops.

The project will culminate in a showcase of the work that originated during the residency.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted by email only to ensuring to put Women’s Aid Belfast or Rainbow Project Foyle in the subject line.

If you are applying for both residencies, you will need to provide a separate application for each.

Please include:

  • a proposal outlining ideas and approaches around engagement and interaction with Women’s Aid/Rainbow Project. Please outline why you wish to undertake the residency and how you might be best suited to the role (maximum 2 pages).
  • a typed curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages) including examples of previous work, publications, programmes or published articles, such as reviews.  (Please include links to work published online.)

Please collate all application material into one attachment to ensure that it is eligible for consideration.

Criteria for selection

  • Suitability of proposal in context of Women’s Aid and Rainbow Project
  • Experience working with marginalised (or similar) groups
  • Facilitation experience

Applications will go before a selection committee comprising of a representative from each of the producing organisations.

The fee offered is £1,440 inclusive of VAT.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 10 November 2017.